poka yoke

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Japanese approach to 'mistake proofing' in all aspects of manufacturing, customer service, procurement, etc. It employs visual signals that make mistakes clearly stand out from the rest, or devices that stop an assembly line or process if a part or step is missed. Its older name is baka yoke (fool proofing).

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This factory is clearly under the influence of someone who knows a great deal about poka yoke: The assembly line was littered with various signs and colors to indicate the parts and pieces that belonged in each zone.
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The shipping company has implemented a type of poka yoke process in its facilities, in which the automated package placement system will stop if a mistake is made along the line, until that mistake is corrected.
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